It has been reported that Celcom is currently conducting LTE trials with Huawei and Ericsson as the technology partner.
“We have clear reasons for doing (these) trials and (find out) what the technology can do (for us). Ericsson and Huawei are doing the trials for us,” Celcom chief executive officer Datuk Seri Shazalli Ramly told StarBiz recently.
Now the thing I don’t understand here is this- As of August 2010, the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) announced that there are now over 100 operators in over 40 countries are committed to LTE.
Note, those countries include Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Libya, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, The Philippines, UAE, UK, USA, and Uzbekistan.
Celcom is just a small operator compared to the ones who has already or currently deploying LTE. And technically, LTE is a proven technology. So what is the point of conducting a LTE trial and shouting about it? Branding? Some sort of message to MCMC? or trying to negotiate for a lower pricing from Ericsson?
One thing for sure, there are real live LTE networks out there and these trials are just a waste of time and does not changes anything.
You are getting too smart Celcom. Fix your highly congested 3G/HSPA network first before thinking of LTE.